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Destination Guide - New Orleans

New Orleans: America’s Cultural Melting Pot

Visitors to New Orleans will find warm and sunny weather, friendly locals and food from all corners of the globe. And there’s nowhere better to book flights, hotels and car rental than from Netflights.com, with its tried and tested expert travel advisors.

Spain and France have had a major impact on the city of New Orleans through its historic mansions, carnivals and languages. There’s so much to experience in this popular Louisiana city that you just won’t want to leave your perfectly chosen hotel, B&B, or rental.

When to go to New Orleans

The climate of New Orleans is typical of the southern states of the US; warm, humid and sunny summers and mild but short winters. This means that any time of the year is perfect for a visit to this amazing city.

Carnivals are held throughout the year, during which time the city’s streets come to life with colour, music and dancing; the most famous of which is the Mardi Gras in January every year. You’ll have so much fun partying with the locals and eating their home-style foods that you won’t want to go home. Netflights.com has a great selection of hotels during the Mardi Gras season for you to choose from.

French Quarter

The French Quarter of New Orleans is by far the most famous former French city in the US. To this day it still has its architectural, linguistic and cultural charms that it has had since its foundation in the early 1700s. As most of the surviving buildings were actually built in the 1800s when the city was under Spanish control, there’s a very European feel about this part of the city. St. Louis Cathedral is by far one of the grandest religious buildings in the country, with its white spires and castle-like style.

It’s not uncommon to see traditional horse and carriages roaming the streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter, and the abundance of bars and pubs on Bourbon Street easily rival those in any European city. There is a large number of Creole cottages throughout this part of the city that can be booked for low prices on Netflights.com.

St. Charles Avenue

This historic street that splits the city in two is famous for its streetcars, the oldest in the world. Hundreds of colonial buildings and mansions line the street, as do modern skyscrapers in the central business district. The street is best known for the impressive Pontchartrain Hotel; built in 1927, with notable guests including Rita Hayworth, The Doors, George Bush Sr., and Tennessee Williams. Notably being the place where Williams wrote his play ‘Streetcar Named Desire’, after seeing the streetcar passing by his windows. The hotel can easily be booked on Netflights.com or through its UK call centre.

Magazine Street

The shopping district of New Orleans is reminiscent of something you’d see in an old western movie, as bars with swinging saloon doors, and wooden façade buildings, line this curved street. Although only a single street, it does span six miles in total, with shops, bars and restaurants. Many of the products sold on the street are handmade and unique to the city. Given the street’s length, it is advisable to rent a car at a low cost from Netflights.com.

New Orleans highlights not to miss

Among the many highlights of a visit to New Orleans are:

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      Joining the singing, dancing and feasting of the Mardi Gras celebrations held throughout January.
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      Staying where the famous writer and playwright Tennessee Williams stayed, and retracing his steps throughout this awesome city.
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      Shopping in the many unique family-owned shops lining Magazine Street.
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      Travelling across the city in the world’s oldest streetcar.
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      Visit the Aquarium of the Americas, one of the world’s leading aquariums, home to sharks, snakes, stingrays, turtles, alligators and owls to name just a few.
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